Chevron Corp. will move as many as 800 jobs to Houston from its California headquarters to support its exploration and production operations, the company told employees Thursday.
The oil giant will maintain its corporate headquarters in San Ramon – just east of San Francisco – where 6,500 employees work.
In an email to its workers, Chevron said jobs moving to Houston include employees in support groups involved with technology, procurement and business development.
“Moves in these groups are expected to take place over the next two years to support our growing upstream business,” the company email said.
Upstream refers to operations that find and produce oil and gas.
As an international, integrated oil corporation, Chevron’s businesses include refining, marketing and petrochemicals.
“We are always assessing our business needs and deploying positions to meet those objectives,” said Morgan Crinklaw, a company spokesman. “We are a California company – we have been here more than 100 years and we are committed to the state.”
He said approximately 9,000 Chevron employees and contractors work in the Houston area.
The company runs its North American, Latin American and African upstream operations out of Houston, Crinklaw said.
Asia Pacific operations are based in Singapore; Europe, Eurasia and Middle Eastern upstream operate from London.
The company’s global upstream headquarters is in San Ramon.
Crinklaw said the new employees in Houston will work in existing Chevron facilities, which include major properties downtown.
Chevron owns two skyscrapers – 1400 Smith and 1500 Louisiana – as well as an adjacent parking lot and a day care center.
It also owns land that housed the downtown YMCA building at 1600 Louisiana before it was demolished.
Chevron leases space at 1600 Smith, and has offices in Bellaire and West Houston.
Nancy Sarnoff contributed to this report.